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  • Youngsters in Hillview participated in the annual Easter Egg hunt.

    Things don’t take too long, even when over 6,000 eggs are at stake.

    Youngsters from all age groups quickly found the eggs hidden outside the community center.

    See more photos by Stephen Thomas in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dana Bischoff recently visited Jennifer Cornell’s AM and PM class at Maryville Elementary School.

    Bischoff’s desire is to work with elementary-aged children to help with crime prevention.

    Bischoff, who is also a college instructor, stated, “My heart is in education, I believe it truly helps generate productive citizens.”

  •     The second annual Tour de Hillview will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m.

        Over 300 participants are anticipated for this event, which will include live music, catered delights by Calistoga Restaurant.

        There will be safety tips offered.

        The bike ride will be through the streets of Hillview.

        Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, call 957-5280.

  •     The freedom of a mobile agricultural classroom allowed Freedom Elementary students an extra educational opportunity.

        The Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC), sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, recently visited Freedom.

        MSAC program coordinator Jason Hodge visits hundreds of schools throughout the state offering programs that implement farm safety and preservation along with agricultural education.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was a sad day for many of those who bid farewell to what has been a Shepherdsville institution for over 30 years.

    On Sunday, Feb. 28 the Kitchen Family Restaurant in Shepherdsville closed its doors for the last time, ending a chapter of local history.

    “There was no desire to close,” said owner Scott Cundiff. “It just so happened that all the planets lined up and this is where we‘re at.”

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- By 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, more that 1,100 Boy Scouts had gathered at Bullitt Lick Middle School to attend a Merit Badge University program.  Following a brief orientation session, scouts were soon seated in classrooms working on merit badges ranging from American Heritage to Woodworking with some 70 other options in between.

  •     His students call him a friend and say he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had, his boss says he‘s one of the best teachers she knows, and Bullitt County Public Schools calls him Teacher of the Year.

        In the four years Josh Meredith has been teaching math at Mount Washington Middle School he’s managed to garner admiration and respect from students and colleagues alike for his effective teaching style and close relationship with his students.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - While Haiti continues to recover, youngsters from Bullitt County continue their efforts to collect items for earthquake relief.

        Cedar Grove Elementary hosted Coins for Haiti, a friendly competition between students from Kindergarten through second grade versus third through fifth grade students.

        The winning team, Kindergarten through second, earned a hat day at school. Each student wore any type of hat they preferred during the school day.

  • BROOKS - A school fundraiser lifted higher than organizers imagined.

    Brooks Elementary participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the first time since the 2002-03 school year.

    Physical Education instructor Todd Crumbacker said the school raised $1,201 in the past event. He set a goal for 2010 students at $1,500.

    By the end of the fundraiser, Brooks collected a grand total of $2,040.88.

    First grader J.T. Ashbaugh took top donation honors, bringing in $136. Brothers Cameron (first grade) and Austin (fifth) Cox each contributed $133.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - When one of her students was having trouble grasping certain concepts, Old Mill Elementary School special education teacher Julie Skeens took the boy’s love for NASCAR and turned it into a learning tool.

        She incorporated NASCAR into everything she taught him, from mathematics to reading. Her method may have been considered unusual by many, but it worked.

        When information was presented in the right context,  he began to understand.

  • FRANKFORT - Bullitt County will once again have a moment of positive statewide recognition on April 10, 2010, when David Strange will be the guest speaker at the Kentucky Historical Society meeting in Frankfort.

    The subject will be “Bullitt County Salt Making in the 1800’s and the Importance of Kentucky’s Salt Making Industry”.

    The Family History Workshop presentation “Researching in Kentucky Ancestors Magazine” begins at 10:30, followed by the “Kentucky’s Salt Industry” presentation.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON – Only a hand full of Kentucky’s institutions of learning can call themselves Schools to Watch and they’re part of a select group of nationally recognized institutions all over the country.

        Four schools were named Kentucky Schools to Watch for 2010, and one of the them is in Bullitt County.

  •     The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce hosted its eighth annual KidsFest celebration at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Saturday.

        Over 100 exhibitors were present to greet the largest crowd in the event’s history. Over 4,000 people attended the event.

        From watching a magic show to meeting up with Clifford the Dog, the young and old alike had plenty of activities to do and see on Saturday.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Roby Elementary fourth graders took a tour of the United States via PowerPoint.

        Their teacher, Tori Unser, created a class project tying in the slideshow technology with educational core content areas.

        Students created PowerPoint presentations with a minimum of 12 slides to discuss their individual state. They also prepared a one-page report on the state.

  •     BROOKS - Brooks Elementary received a special winter gift from local VFW posts.

        New coats, scarves and hats were distributed to the Brooks Family Resource Center courtesy of the VFW Post 5710 and 8639 Ladies Auxiliaries.

        Brooks teacher Stephanie Thomas initiated the process. She noticed students exiting school buses without winter coats.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - When 14-year-old Gabe DiEnno watched the documentary film Invisible Children during an Impact youth service at his church in December, he got a glimpse of the poverty in places like Sudan and Uganda in the developing world.

        One of the things that stuck with Gabe after watching Invisible Children was that none of the people in the film were wearing shoes.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Hannah Ferriell didn’t act like a zombie or suffer from any stage fright as she stood in the Bullitt Central auditorium  Tuesday evening to compete in the Bullitt County District spelling bee.

        Although her stature might seem a bit miniature compared to the competitors, who ranged from the third grade through the eighth grade, the Freedom Elementary hung right with the others in her lavender outfit.

  •     For the past eight consecutive years, the Bullitt County Public School’s TeenAge Parenting Program has been the grateful recipient of a grant from the Metro United Way.

        The grant, in the amount of $8,705, is used to pay for the services of a nurse to come to the program one day every week.

        The nurse meets with each pregnant and parenting student on an individual basis.

        She confers with each student about their own health issues and the health of their child.

  •     The Bullitt County Farm Bureau celebrated Food Check-Out Week during Feb. 21-27. They celebrated the fact that in America the cost of food remains affordable.

        American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That means the average household will have earned enough disposble income to pay for its annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Everyone was dancing at Denny's on Tuesday... except the chickens.

        Denny's in Shepherdsville celebrated is second annual free Grand Slam breakfast day following the Super Bowl.

        The store distributed 922 free Grand Slam meals between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. despite six inches of snow and area school and business closings. Last year's total was 930.

        Among the patrons was Richard Mertz of Cedar Grove and Summer Taylor, 6.